After several years of research, preparation, and test plots, lavender growing is now established at Tarrawonga.
The two main varieties are Lavandula x intermedia Grosso and Lavandula x intermedia Impress Purple. From the spring of 2006 some varieties of Lavandula angustifolia have been trialed and are doing well.
The first crop was the summer of 2005-6. That harvest and subsequent years have been dried, stripped, and sold in lavender bags. During the harvest of 2008/2009 oil was distilled from 450 plants.
As lavender flowers in summer, winter visitors will not get to see a purple haze. However a variety planted in spring 2006 should have a longer flowering season.
Tarrawonga Lavender is marketed as Wollombi Lavender and is available at various outlets, including locations in the Wollombi Village.
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